Miss N. Rushton – Class Teacher

Mrs J Bradley - Class TA

Mrs S Clarkson - Class TA


Welcome back to all of our children and their families and a very Happy New Year to you all.

Our focus text for this half term is ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. The story will enhance learning in all aspects of the Early Years curriculum. Learning through play will still be very much the focus in Reception Class. The areas of provision in class helps the children closely explore through Literacy; reading and writing, Mathematics, role play, creative, sensory, investigation and construction.

In Literacy we will be reading the story with enjoyment joining in with the actions and repeated language. The children will explore the rhythm and patterns in the text to become familiar with new language. We will look closely at the characters and how they experience mixed emotions throughout their journey. We will use the small world to retell the story and sequence the pictures to make our own book. Follow the link to watch Michael Rosen retell ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ with the actions;

In Mathematics we will look at the positional language in the text ‘over, under, through’. We will be introduced to new words and encouraged to use and apply them in our independent play. This will follow on with looking at direction and the children will be introduced to bee-bots to support learning of this concept. We teach the concept of number through ‘Numberblocks’. It is very child friendly and our children love to watch and join in. Little big maths sessions will begin to consolidate counting forwards and backwards and to learn simple addition facts. The following websites support early Mathematics skills development;

Our focus for RE this term is ‘Celebration’. Through this scheme of work and our collective worship sessions we will explore what a celebration is, think about the different celebrations and share photographs from home to share experiences of being part of special celebrations. We will look closely at the local church community and learn about what the parish family celebrate.

We will enjoy being creative; making story events pictures; ‘thick oozy mud’ ‘a swirling whirling snowstorm’ ‘a narrow gloomy cave’ using collage materials and designing a pair of binoculars for our role play area. Please have a look at our medium term plan to see all the other exciting activities we will be engaging in and you may want to try some of them at home! Please let us know if you do or if you have any other ideas for our ‘bear hunt’ topic.

The children will continue to engage in daily RML sessions. This is a structured phonic programme that introduces pure letter sounds. The children have been split in to small groups, matched to their ability to further ensure the children receive the support and challenge they need. To support your child at home please access the websites below to practise saying the sounds and blending to read the words (fred talking).

Oxford Owl

Phonics Play


Literacy Zone

Thank you for your support with reading at home. The children have been given books matching their phonetic ability. The words in the books can be ‘sounded out’ please encourage your child to Fred talk the words and blend the sounds to say the words. The bookmarks that are sent home will be very useful. They are also matched to your child’s reading level and contain key questions, prompts and key words that your child should be able to read at their current level.

Please see our school Facebook page for regular updates and to find out what we have been learning in class.

 Lastly if you have any ideas, items or suggestions to support any of the above we are always happy to receive them.

Thank you as always for your continued support.

The Reception team.


Family mornings in Reception class every Thursday 8:30-8:55am

Please enjoy reading for pleasure each evening and sign the reading record.

Please ensure your child has their PE kit (shorts, t shirt and pumps) in school every Monday. All clothes should be name labelled.

Wellington boots to be kept in school so all children can access our adventure garden on a daily basis.

Water bottle brought in to school with name clearly marked.